Wrestling team sends nine to state meet
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team will be well represented at the State wrestling tournament, with nine wrestlers vying for a chance at a coveted state title.
Seventh-ranked Luke Rowh (103) continued his strong wrestling in finishing second. Rowh claimed a first period pin over JP Pallias of Cottage Grove in his opening match. He followed that up with a 14-3 major decision over Dan Rosa of Rosemount to put himself into the section finals, where Rowh fell to second-ranked Seth Gross of Apple Valley. This will be Rowh's first trip to the state tournament; his opening round opponent at state is Sam Bennyhoff of Mound-Westonka.
Isaac Bauer (112) placed second. Round one saw Bauer secure a second- period pin over Jake Lanik of Cottage Grove. In his semifinal match, Bauer rode out a 1-0 decision over Bill Underhill from Burnsville. In the finals, top-ranked Jordan Kingsley of Apple Valley awaited Bauer. Bauer lost, 7-1. Bauer will be making his first appearance at state; his opening round opponent is third-ranked Trent Butcher of Chaska/Chanhassen.
Fifth-ranked Corey Latuff (119) cruised to a first-place finish. Latuff took little time in pinning Luke Dodd of Eastview. Moving on into the semifinals, Latuff claimed a 10-2 major decision over Vitrais Allen of Henry Sibley. In the finals, Latuff scored a third-period pin over Bill Underhill of Burnsville to bring home Hastings' only section title. Latuff will be making his second appearance at state; his opening round opponent at state is Erick Power of Austin.
Third-ranked Eric Bauer (125) made quick work of Joey Matheson of Henry Sibley with a first-period pin. Bauer dominated Eagan's Colin Sullivan with a 16-1 technical fall to advance to the finals. Bauer's opponent in the finals was top-ranked Dakota Trom of Apple Valley, where he came up short in an 8-6 loss. Bauer will be wrestling in his third state tournament; his first round opponent will be seventh-ranked Zack Gawboy of Maple Grove.
Hunter Swenson (135) surprised many with his inspired wrestling in punching his ticket to the state tournament. Swenson defeated ninth-ranked D'Narius Lewis of Burnsville in a wild 11-9 decision. Still riding high on his first-round upset, Swenson left little doubt on which one was the better wrestler was in defeating Cottage Grove's Kenny Gerhardt 12-2 to advance to the finals. Top-ranked Matt Kelliher from Apple Valley brought Swenson back down earth with a 15-0 technical fall, forcing Swenson to wrestle a true-second match against Nick Paxson of Rosemount. In another back-and-forth match for Swenson, he was able to secure a second-period pin to advance to state. Swenson will be making his first appearance at state this year; his opening round opponent is TJ O'Hara of Tartan.
Second-ranked Colten LaChance (140) claimed a 17-2 technical fall over David Giadyu of Cottage Grove in his opening match. LaChance faced 10th- ranked Rashad Kennedy of Henry Sibley in the semifinals. After a slow start, LaChance kicked it up a notch as he powered past Kennedy with a 19-8 major decision. Top-ranked Brandon Kingsley of Apple Valley showed why he is one of the nation's top wrestlers in securing a first period pin of LaChance. This will be LaChance's third trip to state; his opening round opponent is Colton Doty of Bemidji.
Top-ranked Zach Rohr (145) quickly dispatched Brock Purtell of Henry Sibley with a first-period pin. Rohr's second opponent, Ron Detzler of Cottage Grove, put up more fight but Rohr won an 8-2 decision. The finals had Rohr and fourth-ranked Daniel Woiwor of Apple Valley wrestling for the top prize with Woiwor earning a 3-2 win. Rohr will be making his fifth state tournament appearance; his first round opponent will be Alex Johnson of Tartan.
Eighth-ranked Jake Swenson (171) powered his way to the state tournament, claiming his second trip to the event. Swenson used a first-period pin over Fernando Ramirez of Henry Sibley and a third-period pin of Josh Blake of Eastview to move into the finals. Swenson's opponent in the finals was top-ranked Jake Waste of Apple Valley, where Waste claimed a 10-1 major decision. Swenson's opening-round opponent is third-ranked Clayton Jennissen of Cambridge-Isanti.
Sixth-ranked Isaac Eichmann (215) had to work overtime on Saturday to claim his first state tournament appearance. Friday night, Eichmann scored a first period pin on Logan Lamminen of Henry Sibley. The semifinals had Eichmann wrestling Corbin Farrell of Apple Valley. The match came down to a late takedown by Ferrell, who claimed a 3-1 decision. Now wrestling for a chance to possibly have a true-second match, Eichmann used pins over Jake Pruter of Rosemount and Chris Carte of Cottage Grove to claim third. Eichmann and the Hastings fans waited to see if Apple Valley's Ferrell would win the section title. In an exciting match, Ferrell won in overtime over fourth-ranked Jacob Leuck of Eagan to give Eichmann his true-second match. Eichmann took advantage of the opportunity and won in convincing fashion over Leuck, 9-1. This will be Eichmann's first state tournament; his first round opponent is Gjullian Flemister-King of Champlin Park.
Hastings had two wrestlers just miss out on making it to the big show. Senior Keenan Menge (130) lost 4-3 to runner-up Yonus Gabreab of Eagan. Menge had an outstanding year and a trip to state would have capped it off in style. Senior, Jeff Engstrom (152) came up short in a 5-3 loss to third-ranked Adam Jackson of Rosemount. Engstrom, who was looking for his third state tournament appearance, had the toughest bracket of all wrestlers with four of the top seven wrestlers competing in Section 3.
Jake Rachuy (160) took fifth ending his junior year. Senior, Josh Lohmann (189) ground out a fifth-place showing to complete his wrestling career. Junior Jake Anderson at heavyweight had a solid tournament finishing his year in fifth place.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team had five members earn All-Academic team honors; they were Isaac Bauer, Corey Latuff, Colten LaChance, Zach Rohr, and Jake Rachuy.